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The Kern Family Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 04/12/2017
Last grant data update: 02/11/2018

At A Glance

The Kern Family Foundation, Inc.

W305 S4239 Brookhill Rd.

Waukesha, WI United States 53189-9126

Telephone: (262) 968-6838


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Established in 1998 in WI - In 1959, Robert and Patricia Kern founded a business in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Despite many setbacks, this business eventually grew to become Generac Power Systems, one of the world's largest independent manufacturers of complete engine-driven generator systems. The company makes power generators for several applications, including industrial, commercial, residential, recreational, vehicle and communications, with systems that range from three to 6,000 kilowatts. When Generac Power Systems sold a division of the company in 1998, a portion of the proceeds went to establish the Kern Family Foundation, a private, independent grant-making organization based in Waukesha, WI. In 2006, the Kerns sold the balance of the business and directed a significant portion of the profits to grow the foundation. In keeping with the vision of its founders Drs. Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern, the Kern Family Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of others by promoting strong pastoral leadership, educational excellence and high quality, innovative engineering talent.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's purpose is to seek to enhance and encourage religious values, family and community competitive educational structures, and moral and ethical values in society. The foundation supports the promotion of religious values in religious ministry and promotes the study and enhancement of competitive educational structures in the U.S.